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October 2017

Diamonds Are Booba's Best Friend

Booba doesn’t count sheep anymore…now he counts the 31 carats of diamonds on his Corum watch. The rapper received the one-of-a-kind model from Corum Marketing Director Frédéric Layani. With a thousand diamonds, it was made to be as brilliant as its new owner. This Bubble engraved D.U.C, the name of his seventh studio album, just sealed the partnership deal – a product of the artist’s true love for Corum’s exquisitely unique pieces and craftsmanship – Congrats!! Booba raps a lot about watches and diamonds, so it’s no big surprise his lyrics are on this custom-made watch. As loyal as ever, Corum followed him past the point of no return… Fist raised high, now Booba’s wrist is adorned with 1,017 diamonds and 12 baguette-cut sapphires. Diamonds set on gold and a case that houses the famous CO 055 skeleton movement, the

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Inside the Armin Strom Manufacture

Jason Pitsch

Overview Biel/Bienne, Switzerland sits at the base of the Jura mountains and is located at the boundary of the German and French-speaking parts of the country, hence the name “Biel” which is the German name and “Bienne” which is the French name. Since 2005 the official name is “Biel/Bienne.” The city has been the industrial heart of Swiss watchmaking since the 1800s. It’s home to some of the industry’s most powerful watchmaking brands, like Rolex and Omega, right alongside young independents such as Armin Strom. Originally founded by Armin Strom himself, a watchmaker with a specialty in the art of skeletonization. In 2006 Serge Michel took over the company and refocused on producing a more contemporary, unified line of timepieces – yet still to this day every movement has a hand engraved component as an homage to their heritage. By

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A pocket watch that first sold in 1809 and was purchased by Breguet at auction for almost a million dollars

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Boasting a natural escapement, double subsidiary seconds, power reserve indicator, stop-seconds, fusee and chain tourbillon, and an absolutely scintillating gold guilloche regulator dial – this horologically magnificent Breguet pocket watch was sold to adventurer and writer Count Potocki in 1809 for 4,600 Francs. Fast forward to 2014, and Breguet bought the No. 1176 Montre garde-temps à tourbillon pocketwatch at auction from Christie’s in Geneva with the highest bid of 812,000 Swiss Francs (over $930,000 at 2014 exchange rates), plus fees. (The pocket watch is part of the permanent display at the Breguet Museum of Paris, located at Place Vendôme 75001). This is a truly historic piece as it was Abraham-Louis Breguet’s third tourbillon. Also making it the third tourbillon ever made, and possibly the second tourbillon Breguet ever finished, according to Eric Wind of Christie’s. It’s also worth noting that

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Is Paul Newman's Daytona really worth all the hype?

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This is the actual Rolex Daytona gifted to Paul Newman by his wife, engraved with “DRIVE CAREFULLY ME,” and worn by the actor for many years. It’s a Rolex Daytona Ref. 6239 with an exotic “Paul Newman” panda dial made by Singer, which means it has a white dial with black registers, red graduations on a black chapter ring, and distinctive squares on the end of the hash marks within subdials. A reference 6239, with Paul Newman dial, could fetch anywhere from $40,000 to as high as $90,000 according to James Lamdin of AnalogShift. However, due to the condition of this Daytona, the selling price would likely be towards the lower end of that range ($40,000 to $50,000). This Daytona, however, is the one worn by Paul Newman himself, and which actually led to the nickname “Paul Newman” Rolex Daytona.

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Introducing the Bugatti Coaxial Type 390

Parmigiani Fleurier just debuted their latest Bugatti collaboration timepiece which pays tribute to the lastest Chiron supercar, which boasts a 1500hp quad-turbocharged W16 engine. As with previous models, which you can see in our Parmigiani Fleurier archives, the Bugatti Coaxial Type 390 timepiece features automobile design cues, such as a cylindrical mechanical movement with a flying tourbillon that is reminiscent of an engine. The manually wound movement, caliber PF390 measures 29.20 mm - 37.50 mm x 12.5 mm thick. It beats at 4Hz (28,800 vph), has an 80-hour power reserve, 302 components, and 32 jewels. Notably, the watch has a patent pending for the movement’s triangular coupling system and another for the 12° articulated case. Not to mention, it includes the world’s smallest ever ball bearing. The Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 390 case measures 42.5 mm x 53.00 mm x

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VIDEO: Romain Gauthier demonstrates the Logical One

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Romain Gauthier, the man behind the eponymously named watch brand, a true manufacture based in the heart of the presigious Swiss watchmaking region known as the Vallée de Joux, explains his award-winning Logical One timepiece for Professional Watches during a recent visit to NYC. Gauthier is the founder and creator of multiple patented horological inventions, including push-button winding on a mechanical watch, which is used in the Logical One.

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Introducing the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Ceramic

Today, Girard-Perregaux debuted their octagonal bezel Laureato wristwatch with an all-new black ceramic case and bracelet. While the rest of the core Laureato line comes in three sizes, for now at least, the Laureato Ceramic is available only in one size: a 42 mm x 10.90 mm case. The dial is black with a “Clou de Paris” hobnail motif and baton-type hands and hour markers with luminescent material. The watch is 100 meters water-resistant and has a smoked sapphire crystal on the backside to match the dark theme. Inside, is caliber GP01800-0025 (30 mm x 3.97 mm) which is an automatic that beats at 4Hz, has 191 components, 28 jewels, and a 54-hour power reserve. The functions are hours, minutes, centers seconds, and date. The case is finished with a mixture of polished and satin-brushed surfaces and a ceramic triple-blade

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Laurent Ferrier Galet Square Porcelain

Today, Laurent Ferrier debuted the special edition Galet Square Porcelain which is distinguished by a dial that is made by hand using a kaolin-based substance and finished by firing it at 1400°C/2550°F. The result is a white porcelain that is coated with a layer of transparent enamel that gives it a unique sheen. There are ten anthracite Breguet numerals, with a scarlet red numeral at 12, and just a diamond-shaped marker at 6 o’clock, due to the location of the small seconds subdial. The outer minute ring has gold circular minute dots and four diamond-shape gold markers at 3, 6, 9 and 12. Laurent Ferrier’s signature “assegai-shaped” hands are in ruthenium-plated white gold and are used for hours and minutes, with a baton-shaped hand in the same finish for the seconds. The cushion or square-shaped “pebble” case measures the same

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VIDEO REVIEW: Seiko Prospex SRP775 "Turtle" Diver

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Last year I reviewed the Seiko Prospex SRP775 Diver, and this week after wearing that watch for almost a year, I did a quick video review. There is really not much bad to say, it’s one of the best professional mechanical dive watches you can buy for the money, bar none.

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Breitling Super Avenger 01 Boutique Edition

The Super Avenger 01 Boutique Edition chronograph is a 100-piece limited edition powered by automatic manufacture caliber B01 – which beats at 4Hz, has 47 jewels, and a 70-hour power reserve – for the first time. A black dial with white counters and “Edition limitée” printed in red, as well as red 5-minute alternating subdivisions in the 30-minute chronograph counter, distinguish this special edition. The dial features large baton-shaped hour markers and hands, along with a red-tipped diamond-shaped chronograph seconds hand all feature a luminescent treatment. The bezel is unidirectional and features a unique 0-60 scale engraved directly in the monoblock steel ring which alludes to the aggressiveness of the imposing 48 mm stainless steel case. Screw-down pushpieces, a screw-down crown, and a screwed-in caseback work together with the gaskets for 300 meters water-resistance. Each limited edition caseback is engraved

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